Jesús Carrasco was born in Badajoz in 1972 and currently lives in Seville. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and has been working as an advertising copy writer since 1996. He took up writing after moving to Madrid, in 1992. Over the years, he has kept diaries and has written short stories, novels and two books for children. In 2005, he published an illustrated book for first-time readers. In 2013, his first novel, Intemperie, (Out in the Open) was published and went on to be translated into 25 languages. The book received prestigious awards including the Book of the Year Award from the Association of Madrid Booksellers, the Award for Culture, Art and Literature from the Fundación de Estudios Rurales, the English PEN Award and the Prix Ulysse for the best first novel. He was also short-listed for the European Literature Award in the Netherlands, the Prix Méditerranée Étranger in France and the Dulce Chacón, Quimera, Cálamo and San Clemente awards in Spain. His second novel, La tierra que pisamos (The Earth We Tread) published in 2016 won the European Union Prize for Literature. He is currently working on his third novel.
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